Meet Greer

CSM Greer's Dog TagNO PREF...

Steve Greer is a soldier for Christ with an incredible testimony. Throughout his Army career he wore two military dog tags with his religious preference neatly stamped – “NO PREF.” No religious preference. Yet he constantly called upon God to intervene - to save him during war, to instill courage throughout dangerous training revolutions, and to guide him safely to the ground during hundreds of parachute jumps.

All the while the tags hung around his neck in an outward display of hypocrisy. God never forsake him…in spite of himself. Today, his stories of faith, courage, and sacrifice have touched the hearts of many. His passion for family values, love for God and country, and compassion for the underdog are inspiring a new generation of American Patriots.

More about Greer...

CSM Greer - 2002Greer grew up in a military family spending his formative years in Mount Vernon, VA near George Washington's Plantation. His father was an Army Officer. His mother was a Nurse. He and his twin brother were exposed to family values, doing what’s right, and the ideals of duty, honor, and country. He was an avid wrestler who learned at an early age the value of physical fitness and mental toughness. Following high school graduation, where his GPA was a dismal 1.66, he enlisted in the Army searching for adventure.

He excelled in the military due in large part to the tremendous leaders he was blessed to serve under. As he rose through the ranks he was continuously tested with new challenges. Serving in many of the toughest units made him appreciate teamwork, taught him to push beyond his limits, and allowed him to mentor young troops who followed. For years he assumed his success was a result of what he did...It wasn't until after retirement that he finally came to know Christ.

Greer was an expert at weapons, tactics, and hand-to-hand combat. He learned to speak French and Spanish and taught foreign soldiers his craft in remote villages. He was a four-time competitor in the grueling Lieutenant General David E. Grange, Jr., Best Ranger Competition - the toughest 3-day mental and physical challenge in the world. In the course of 20 years, he had accomplished much more then he dreamed. He was an Airborne Ranger, a Green Beret, and rose to become one of the youngest Command Sergeants Major in the history of the modern US Army. He learned his destiny wasn’t defined by what he hadn’t achieved, but by what he could achieve.

Post Retirement...

Typical of most soldiers, Greer stayed as far away from the media as possible during his Army career. Providing interviews during training exercises or deployments was considered taboo. Following retirement, he remained passionate about supporting our troops in the fight against terrorism.

When FOX News Channel approached him in November 2002 he had just begun retirement leave and was still unpacking boxes. Agreeing to a single interview discussing special operations strategy in Iraq, Greer soon became a go-to guy at FOX. Believing troops and families deserved accurate information he continued his commentary on one condition; pro bono! While many military analysts were cashing in, he refused to be compensated for discussing the troops he held in such high regard.

In early 2004 his on-air remarks regarding terrorism caught the attention of senior leaders at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He quickly found himself serving as the sole enlisted member of Secretary Rumsfeld's Retired Military Analysts. The RMA was a select group of former senior level Department of Defense officials and flag level military officers whose existence was known only within the Secretary's inner office. In 2008, the New York Times ran a front page story exposing the group's activities. Secretary of Defense Gates hastily shut it down and it became the focus of two politically motivated congressional investigations.

steve_duke.jpgAt FOX he was the first television military analyst to discuss the capture of Saddam Hussein and provided first-hand commentary from Israel during the assassination of Hamas terrorist leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. Whether appearing on CNN to defend Secretary Rumsfeld's policies or trading jabs with Bill O'Reilly over Gitmo scandals, he was unflappable under pressure.

For several years, Greer had special access to our nation's most influential leaders. Meetings at the Pentagon and the White House were routine affairs. Perks such as private dinner with Army Chief of Staff General Schoomaker in Washington and lunch with Ambassador Khalilzad in Iraq were not uncommon. Flights aboard Air Force Two, observing interrogations at Gitmo, speaking at the US Capital with members of Congress, and jet-setting across the globe from Haiti to Israel to Iraq all part of the gig.

During all of the hoopla, Greer never forgot the heroes he served with or the values the Army taught him.  After more than 300 television and radio interviews, Greer ended his media career to focus his energy on inspiring the next generation of American Patriots.  He has spoken at numerous events across the country telling the stories of the brave men he served with. Pro bono of course.

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